Ali Adawi (002)

Dr Ali M Adawi

Senior Lecturer in Physics

Faculty of Science and Engineering

+44 (0) 1482 465037

Dr Ali Adawi is a senior lecturer in physics whose research focuses on areas of organic and inorganic semiconductor nanostructures, nanophotonics and their technological applications.

His current research interests include hybrid organic / inorganic two-dimensional photonic crystal nano-cavities, plasmonic and hybrid plasmonic/photonic nanopatch antennas for highly efficient nano-light sources, Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) and the development of plasmonic nano-gaps for single molecule detection, near-zero refractive index metamaterials for directive emission and the spectroscopy of organic and inorganic nanomaterials.

Dr Ali Adawi has more than 40 research publications and one patent.



Research Interests

  • Nonophotonics and metamaterials
  • Surface-enhanced raman scattering (SERS) and single molecule detection
  • Spectroscopy of organic and inorganic nanomaterials

Research groups

  • Nano3
  • G W Gray Centre for Advanced Materials


“Determining Molecular Orientation via Single Molecule SERS in a Plasmonic Nano-gap”, Addison R. L. Marshall , Jamie Stokes , Francesco N. Viscomi , John E. Proctor , Johannes Gierschner , Jean-Sebastien Bouillard and Ali M. Adawi, accepted for publication in Nanoscale.

'A Dual-Modal SERS/Fluorescence Gold Nanoparticle Probe for Mitochondrial Imaging', C. J. Eling, T. W. Price, A. R. L. Marshall, F. N. Viscomi, P. Robinson, G. Firth, A. M. Adawi, J-S. G. Bouillard, G. J. Stasiuk, ChemPlusChem, 2017, 82, 674-680.

'Excitonic Optical Tamm States: a step towards a full molecular-dielectric photonic integration', S. Núñez-Sánchez, M. López-García, M. M. Murshidy, A. G. Abdel-Hady, M. Y. Serry, A. M. Adawi, J. G. Rarity, R. Oulton, W. L. Barnes, ACS Photonics, 2016, 3,743-748.

'Directive emission of red conjugated polymer embedded within zero index metamaterials', T. Cao, Y. Zou, A. M. Adawi, and M. J. Cryan, Optics Express, 2014, 22, 22699-22706.

'Plasmonic nanogaps for broadband and large spontaneous emission rate enhancement', A. P. Edwards and A. M. Adawi, Journal of Applied Physics, 2014, 115, 053101.

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Quantum Physics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Introduction to Experimental Skills
  • Experimental Physics

Research PhDs

Dr Adawi welcomes applications in

  • Light matter interactions on the nanoscale
  • Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) and single molecule detection
  • Plasmonic nano-light sources
  • Metamaterials

Completed PhDs

  • Anthony Edwards, 2016, Optical Properties of Organic Plasmonic Devices
  • Addison Marshall, 2017, Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy for Single Molecule Detection and Biosensing

Current PhD supervisions

  • Abdullah Hamza, Modification of Förster Resonance Energy Transfer using Plasmonic Nanogaps
  • Donatello Pagnotto, Directed Self-Assembly for Metamaterials




Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc in Physics, University of Jordan
  • MSc in Physics, University of Jordan
  • PhD in Physics, University of Sheffield